Oscars.org

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Thank the Academy for this educational Oscars site.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site presents a historical overview of the Oscars and related information on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The site is designed for an adult audience, but the content is generally fine for kids. (The nominated films are another story.)

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What's it about?

OSCARS.ORG gives film fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences -- the organization that's responsible for the biggest awards show of the year. While the site includes a list of current nominees and Oscar-related events, there's also plenty of year-round content, including a history of the awards, interviews with Academy members, and a searchable database for finding out who won what, when.

Is it any good?

Visitors looking for the scoop on this year's awards won't find much here -- Oscars.org focuses more on the Academy's history, resources, and programs. There are cool photos and video clips from events and exhibitions, but there's not much interactivity -- except for the Oscars Designer Challenge, which encourages visitors to select an evening gown for one of the night's award escorts. However, the site deserves a big round of applause for its Teacher's Guide series, which includes educational activities for aspiring filmmakers.

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  • Families can talk about the Oscars. What makes a movie or performance Oscar-worthy? What do you like (or dislike) about watching the awards? Who would you thank in your acceptance speech?

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